Pirates Select RHP Derek Diamond with Their Sixth Round Pick

With their sixth round pick in the 2022 MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected right-handed pitcher Derek Diamond out of Ole Miss.

Diamond was not ranked among the top 250 prospects for MLB Pipeline, but Baseball America had him as the 210th best prospect, about a full round off of the 170th spot, where he was selected. He was drafted out of high school in the 40th round in 2019. BA says that at times he looked like a much better prospect, with a fastball that reached 97 MPH and an above average slider, but most of this year he sat 89-92 MPH and the slider did not impress. He’s a strike-thrower, who isn’t afraid to go after hitters. He does not have strong results in his three years of college and this year was his worst, with a 6.89 ERA in 65.1 innings. The Pirates must be banking on a return to his better stuff, but even last year he had a 5.65 ERA in 75.1 innings when he was flashing his best pitches.

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CTBucco

Hopefully he can get signed for ~$25k.

redwards60

Based on his actual production and performance spanning three years of college baseball, this seems like a very curious pick…an intentional low budget pick?

Iowasteel

If the pitching thing doesn’t work out, maybe they can get him to sing Sweet Caroline during games.

capirate

Overall I’m liking the emphasis on pitching. Whether these are the best options is for others to decide.

agent00

another pitcher with good control. maybe the pirates are starting to follow the guardians model with pitching

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

They’ve seemed to have a “type” this draft

TNBucs

It’s clearly a point of emphasis, and I wonder if they think that skill will be even more valuable if MLB goes with an automated zone.

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